Late last year, Rodrigo Cortes’s film about a man buried alive in Iraq was released to a good deal of serious critical attention. Ostensibly an experimental work primarily concerned with trying to inject textured tension and atmosphere without ever leaving the confines of a small wooden box. Though successful in this regard, the film’s use of the word ‘Iraq’ lead some overly eager critics to jump to the conclusion that the film is some grand allegory for American foreign policy. It isn’t. It’s a very silly film about a man trapped in a box which, despite glimmers of intelligence, is ultimately let-down by a decidedly lackluster script.
Videovista has my review.
In the review, I also mention Stuart Gordon’s film Stuck (2007), which I reviewed on this very site a couple of years ago. That’s a much better film, go and watch that one instead.